The 2019 TIP Report Is Here—Write A Letter To The Editor!

2019 TIP Report

Today is the release of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, a day we at IJM have eagerly awaited.

The TIP Report serves as an essential diplomatic tool in the fight against global slavery because close to 200 countries are ranked based on their efforts to combat human trafficking and those rankings can have real consequences in terms of U.S. foreign assistance.

For all us as advocates, the release of the TIP Report is also an important moment to educate our lawmakers about the crime and what can be done to stop it.

Your voice matters, and the release of this Report serves as an excellent opportunity to raise this issue to the attention of elected leaders by writing and submitting a Letter to the Editor.

Policy makers pay attention to these letters, and they are among the most read sections of the newspaper—making them a critical advocacy tool.

You can edit the draft text below and follow these simple instructions to submit your own Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper today! Let us know if you submit one (and if it's published!) by emailing or commenting on this blog post.

How to Submit Your Letter to the Editor:

  1. Look up your local newspaper’s website or call to find the email address for submitting your Letter to the Editor.
  2. If your paper has covered the TIP Report release or a related topic, start your letter with the following format: [Your article], [TITLE], by [AUTHOR], on [DATE]…”
  3. Feel free to rely on the draft text below. If you have time, add a line or two to personalize it. Keep the overall length to about 150 words.
  4. Include your name, title/affiliation (if relevant), and contact information.

Important Tip: Speed is (almost) everything! Editors receive hundreds of letters every day. Often deciding which ones to print boils down to timing. Responding to a news story the same day it was printed will greatly increase your chance of getting published.

Draft Text
To the Editor:

Everyone deserves to be free, but over 40 million people are trapped in slavery today. On Thursday, June 20, the U.S. State Department released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report sheds light on this hidden crime and ranks 187 countries, including the U.S., on their efforts to combat it.

As Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission says, “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”

With the truth out there for all to see, we can no longer look away. Our members of Congress have the chance to rise above the partisan bickering of the day and recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of the TIP Report and the American-led programs that help rescue slaves put their perpetrators behind bars.

We’re counting on you, lawmakers, to use your voice and tip the scales towards justice.  If we can summon sufficient political courage, we can end slavery in our lifetime.
Posted by Clara Campbell on Jun 19, 2019 4:24 PM America/Chicago

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